3457Fwd: Axinaea pollination
- Jul 11, 2014Please look at the following links. Axinaea belongs to the family Melastomataceae. The swollen appendages on the flower attract tropical birds and the flowers spray the birds with pollen. It's a sort of bellows system.Peter
All, this (see below) is a marvellous system that an Austrian student Agnes discovered a couple of years ago in S Ecuador. I was with the Davidsons in Loja at the time when we ran into Agnes´s experiments in the cloud forest (I have already forwarded this to Chris). We finally know what those bulbous appendages in Axinaeae are for, as for years we colected the flowers with those chopped off.
Our NSF to expand pollination studies in this tribe got turned down and then we were not invited a second time. We will probably try next year again. This group presents so many pollination syndromes but it is so hard to compete, no matter how novel the discoveries are.
Our colleagues made a good press coverage.
Greetings from Cuenca, Ecuador, --carmen
Ma. del Carmen Ulloa, Ph.D.
From: Darin Penneys [darinpenneys@...]
Sent: Monday, July 07, 2014 5:34 PM
To: Nathan Muchhala; Peter Fritsch; Almeda, Frank; Fabian Michelangeli; Carmen Ulloa
Subject: Axinaea pollination
In case you missed it, the paper on pollination in Axinaea came out in Current Biology last week. It has garnered quite a bit of attention in the popular press, and it is still picking up steam. The BBC may be heading down to Ecuador to film the birds and the system in action.
Link to article in Current Biology:
Coverage of this story in the media: